from Columbia University and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for the Study of Reading.

Elizabeth A.L. Stine-Morrow is professor in the Department of Educational Psychology and Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She is a researcher in cognitive aging—examining how language comprehension and memory change through adulthood and how strategic and contextual factors contribute to the capacity for lifelong learning. She has served as associate editor for Memory and Cognition (2007-2009) and the Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences (2009-2010) and is currently associate editor for Psychology and Aging. She is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and of the Gerontological Society of America. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development at the Duke Medical Center, a research scientist at Brandeis University, and on the faculty for many years at the University of New Hampshire. She has a Ph.D. in general-experimental psychology from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Melissa Welch-Ross (Study Director) is senior program officer in the National Research Council’s Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education. Previously, she served as a special expert in research and policy analysis in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Division of Children and Youth Policy, of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She earlier launched and directed the Early Learning and School Readiness Research Program for the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at the National Institutes of Health. She has held faculty appointments at George Mason University and Georgia State University, where she conducted longitudinal research on early memory development and published other experiments on social cognition and memory. She has served terms as consulting editor for the journals Child Development (2002-2007) and Developmental Psychology (1999-2004) and was lead editor of the 2007 Handbook on Communicating and Disseminating Behavioral Science. She has a Ph.D. in developmental psychology from the University of Florida.

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